Lesson from a hummingbird

I am a “bird nerd.” It’s a title I wear proudly.  I love their beauty and their “one day at a time” lifestyle that Jesus talks about in Matthew 6:26.  I really love how they share and take turns at the birdfeeder. But I’m not writing this to extol the virtues of all birds. I had a great lesson from a hummingbird this week that I thought I would share.

I returned to our home at the end of a long work day and my husband was already home.  He was distressed that a hummingbird had flown into the garage and couldn’t find its way out. The poor creature kept flying around in circles, bumping up against the ceiling and walls. My sweet husband had tried to guide it out with a broom, a fan, and nothing was working.  The bird had simply lost its focus. It couldn’t see the way out – which was only 12” lower than where it was flying.

Being the self-proclaimed “bird nerd,” I knew that hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. So I found a red potted plant and we placed it on the floor of the garage near the opening. In no time, the bird flew to the plant and found its way out.

I couldn’t help but think that is how we live our lives so many times – circling, bouncing, wandering aimlessly, relying on our own strength and might, instead of looking to the “red” – the blood of Christ – to help us find our way. That little bird is a great reminder for me to keep my focus on Christ. HE is the way. HE is the truth. HE is the light.

Enjoy your day.

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